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    That sound like a nice change. How long before the hunt do you put up the pop up? I will only be using it for a week.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmoose View Post
    For myself, it's strictly ground blind. I've got a "pop-up" and a semi permanent I use. The semi is put up and taken down each year as that is what the land owner asks of me. Its comfy with my Mr. Buddy heater and swivel office chair! My day's of swaying in the cold wind are long gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ysyg View Post
    That sound like a nice change. How long before the hunt do you put up the pop up? I will only be using it for a week.
    The pop-up is more of a backup. The area I hunt has a few nice rocky ridges that I can overlook without fear of alarming the deer of its presence. Depending on the wind and conditions, I'll use it as an alternative to the semi which I'll erect in the next few weeks as soon as I get my arse in gear and do it? LOL
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    We still hunt ladder stands for deer and black bear. We are looking at putting up platforms with wood huts on top for warmth and comfort. Looking like this winters project to build a bunch for us old farts. The young lads still want to hunt out of ladder stands......for now lol
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    If you build box blinds on stilts use wood boards for floor not plywood. Plywood wonít hold up unless your better builders than us. Lol

    Three soft blinds stay out year round two more will go up this or next week

    5 wood box blinds 4 tree stands. 5 soft blinds everyone gets two different sits

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    We have never used a treestand for the controlled hunt. Our gang has hunted these properties for 30+ years. Only reason we don't is land owners don't want any stands there. We are only allowed to hunt the 1 week of the shotgun hunt so we don't want to put up stand the day before the hunt.

    We all sit against trees or bushline, No blinds or anything. We don't have any problems getting deer every year.

    In fact I pretty much sit in a different spot everyday depending on wind direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js4fn View Post
    If you build box blinds on stilts use wood boards for floor not plywood. Plywood won’t hold up unless your better builders than us. Lol

    Three soft blinds stay out year round two more will go up this or next week

    5 wood box blinds 4 tree stands. 5 soft blinds everyone gets two different sits
    Thanks for the tip....much appreciated
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    I have kinda gone in reverse. Used to hunt almost exclusively from the ground. Hit my mid 50s and discovered the Summit climbers and they are now my goto. Super portable and comfortable but they do require some effort to get up the tree with your firearm and pack hanging off your harness.
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    I do hang on,TrophyLine Saddle ,Climber and sitting against tree trunk.
    Each have their reasons why i use them there.I find myself more leaning towards sitting against tree trunk lately.But i climb trees 60-70 % of my hunts.

    No pop up blind or ladder for me(hunting mainly public-so i recon easier to hide few screw in tree steps for a hang on,or for the saddle,or climb a straight tree with the climber.
    Nothing wrong with sitting against a tree trunk(like turkey hunters do)if you have some cover around to break up your silhouette.Or sitting in a tree row ,overlooking a runway on an angle,if you sit back 20-30 yards and never cross the runway so not to leave your scent-the deer will never know you are there.

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    We use Ground Blinds because we hunt from the middle of the field. i made you kinda a diagram of what we do, the blinds are way more spaced apart throught the field it was just a quick sketch hahah ( the red squares are our blinds everything to the left of the green line is trees and then swamp further back west)

    hunt.jpg

    we basically know they come out to eat from the swamp and from cover into the field where we go, so its much easier to just wait until they come out to the open field for us rather than sit in a tree stand and only be able to see 1 lane. not to mention what a couple guys already said about how its way warmer.

    i bring

    cabelas 360 swivel chair https://www.cabelas.ca/product/60191...60-blind-chair

    Mr buddy heater https://www.amazon.ca/F232000-000-BT...12969175&psc=1

    a rug for the floor because theres usually snow and once my heater is going for a while it becomes a muddy soggy pit

    and i picked one of these up this year im gunna try out, its basically a shelf for your ground blind https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    im usually the only one who will go sit in a another spot for the afernoon hunt or something for a day, when i do that its usually on a treeline
    Last edited by Bowjob; September 9th, 2020 at 11:28 PM.

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    Thanks for the info and links. Looks a lot more comfortable than my tree stand. I see deer almost every time I’m in the stand, rarely a decent buck though. Is the success rate good from the open field blind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowjob View Post
    We use Ground Blinds because we hunt from the middle of the field. i made you kinda a diagram of what we do, the blinds are way more spaced apart throught the field it was just a quick sketch hahah ( the red squares are our blinds everything to the left of the green line is trees and then swamp further back west)

    hunt.jpg

    we basically know they come out to eat from the swamp and from cover into the field where we go, so its much easier to just wait until they come out to the open field for us rather than sit in a tree stand and only be able to see 1 lane. not to mention what a couple guys already said about how its way warmer.

    i bring

    cabelas 360 swivel chair https://www.cabelas.ca/product/60191...60-blind-chair

    Mr buddy heater https://www.amazon.ca/F232000-000-BT...12969175&psc=1

    a rug for the floor because theres usually snow and once my heater is going for a while it becomes a muddy soggy pit

    and i picked one of these up this year im gunna try out, its basically a shelf for your ground blind https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    im usually the only one who will go sit in a another spot for the afernoon hunt or something for a day, when i do that its usually on a treeline

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